I don't want to hear it, do I?
Nick Saban blew him away – and his decision to play Tua Tagawiloa simply changed the pursuit of College Football Playoffs and perhaps the NFL's future to his star.
Of course, Tagovailoa's hip injury will dominate the 10 things that I absolutely go beyond after Week 12 in and around the SEC.
10. Well, Nick, this time you outsmarted
The practical thing was to put Tua Tagavailoa in a bubble for 2 weeks and save it for Rud. I wrote this last week in this space. There was no way I could play Tuas against Mississippi State or Western Carolina. I would sit on it and make sure it was 100% healthy for Rud.
Again, this is not the second divination after the fact. This is what I wrote last week .
Alas, no one is telling Nick Saban how to start his program.
Now? This will very likely be the last game we see from Tagovailoa in Bama's uniform.
̵1; Collin Wilson (@ _Collin1) November 16, 2019
Again, why did you play?
You can say, oh, that was a hip injury. You can tell it was fashionable. Saban called it a weird injury and made sure it had nothing to do with it. You can say, as Saban did during halftime, that Alabama needs to block better in order not to deal with it.
I would say that he cannot escape the pressure due to his right ankle.
He shouldn't have been in a ball game at all times, much less up 35-7 at the end of the first half.
Why in the hail did Tua play when you were 35-7? That doesn't make sense. There is no!
– David Pollack (@ davidpollack47) November 16, 2019
That's indefinable. This is irresponsible at the border.
And it probably just costs Alabama to shoot the national title and, depending on the severity of its hip dislocation, may well cost a shot at Tua, making it the first NFL draft pick in 2020.
Here's an interview with Nick Saban with ESPN on Tua Tagavailo's hip injury and pre-halftime plan pic.twitter.com/ZKixkhf2Ds
9. Alabama playoff hopes are fulfilled
They are not the same team as Mac Jones. It's as simple as that. This is no offense. This is not shadow casting. This acknowledges the obvious.
Alabama won by 31, so maybe the playoff committee would keep them at number 5.
I wouldn't. There is a new reality that cannot be ignored.
If this tide protection was as dominant as some of its earlier versions for the glory year, I'd be willing to listen to how, at 11-1, Bama could still deserve the playoff seed # 4. If I really believed in it, I would campaign for it. But this Tide protection is not close to that.
This Tide team should have outsmarted you. And this Tide team, like Mac Jones cutting arrows instead of Toit, just can't.
Alabama scored 3 points after Tua was injured at the end of the season.
This is over.
No Tois, no logical argument to include.
8. Will it affect the younger brother Tualia?
This is a compelling story that no one talks about. Still
But if you are Tagovailoas and your eldest son you could potentially just see his future change because of a dubious decision to play him when he wasn't 100%, does that change your opinion of the head coach?
I don't know. Tagawailoys are deeply religious and will likely see the Sabbath as part of a higher plan. And maybe he can recover from a dislocated hip joint and have a productive career in the NFL. Maybe he will still go early in the first round and be financially tuned for life.
But what if this injury is similar to Bo?
If it's as bad as it seemed, seeing the family is certainly something a monitor is moving forward with.
7. Never count Jalen Herts, part 324 …
The Oklahoma playoff hopes were fulfilled.
Unbeaten Baylor playing at home led Oklahoma to 25.
It was over.
No. It was Jalen Time.
Jalen Hurts, who had 2 early turnovers that contributed to his early deficit, gathered satellites with one of his biggest games. Obviously this is saying something.
He made the biggest comeback in Oklahoma football history. Obviously this is saying something.
Hurts finished with 297 passing yards, 4 passing TDs and 114 rushing yards, while Oklahoma, down 28-3, won 34-31.
Hurts threw 3 of TD's passes in the second half, including 2 in the fourth quarter, when the Soons closed 24-0 to stay in the playoff hunt.
Hurts will not win Heisman. Joe Burrow will. But Herts will be in New York to greet him.
6. What to do with Mizo…
Are you getting rid of Barry Odom? Are you getting rid of Derek Dooley? You already know that you will have a 3rd initial QB after 3 years next year. Do you have any credibility at any point in time?
Florida's defense is exceptional, so it should quell some of the overreaction after Mitsu's last offensive judo.
But here's the thing: it was just Mitso's last offensive dude.
Mizzou has averaged 6.8 points in his last 4 games and has scored 1 TD in his last 3 games.
Mizzou is 5-5 in a season in which many predicted they would fight for
The SEC was not among that group. In the off-season, I selected Mizzou as one of the 3 teams that I thought would win 3 fewer games in 2019 than in 2018. Maybe that's why I didn't react to some of their previous losses. I never thought this team would be so good.
Mizzou is what it is. The question for school staff is, is that enough?
5. Bottom 5 of power 5
The worst of the weak, in the order of incapacity, because the alphabet is too forgiving
1. Texas (Big 12): Can everyone agree that the Longhorns not really back? How many times do they have to lose before coming out of the Top 25 forever?
2. Michigan State Crime (Big Ten): For the fourth time in the Spartans' losses, they were held up to 10 points or less. They are 12th in B1G in points … after finishing just ahead of Rutgers in 2018. MSU did not finish higher than 10th in its 2015 conference in points – and that team was immediately shut down in the loss of the playoffs in Alabama.  3. Misiuri Calls to Play (SEC): The abuse of Larry Rountree is puzzling. He has not had more than 15 carries in any of Mizzou's last 4 games – again all losses. He had just 7 exports on Saturday against Florida.
4. Northwest (Big Ten): I'd say they overpay … but the Cats have raised 48 points for the season and scored more than in their previous 5 combined games.
UMass (1-9) in the Northwest (1-8) today.
Two seats in the 50's are offered for $ 4.
– Brad Crawford (@ BCrawford247) November 16, 2019
5. Scott Frost, Nebraska (Big Ten): Imagine what an extension would be if Nebraska was, you know, really good.
4. The four playoff teams are …
No. 1 LSU, No. 2 Ohio State, No. 3 Clemson, No. 4 Georgia.
There is no debate. No drama. No dispute.
Oregon needs to move up to No. 5, jumping Alabama. But the ducks have no chance of catching Georgia unless Georgia loses. And the Ducks will not pass LSU, too, if the Tigers' only loss is against Georgia in the SEC title game.
LSU defeats Auburn. Georgia outstripped Run (at Auburn). Rud defeated Oregon in a neutral site game. As I have repeatedly noted, the Oregon playoff hopes to seal Auburn, beating Georgia and Alabama.
Minnesota? I told you for two weeks, don't waste your mental energy worrying about the Gophers because they weren't good enough to control the table.
I'm sorry, Tim Brando . Take a life jacket. More water is coming.
– Terrance Donnels (@LSUF90) November 17, 2019
Oklahoma also officially returns to hunting. They'll be back at # 6 when I predict the top 10 on Tuesday morning.
I'm still trying to figure out what's realistic and honest about Alabama.
3. Butch Jones in Arkansas? I like the idea
It's an SZN for flight tracking, so last week we had rumors about the Arkansas coaching search. I think some of the coaches in the Group of 5 are attracting interest, but I really like the idea of Butch Jones getting a second chance at Arkansas.
It is fair to wonder if he is even a candidate. There are reports on both sides.
Wish all you want but you don't get Mike Leach unless he's still ready to retire after 4 years. You're not poaching a successful, well-paid head coach at Power 5.
You get someone who deserves a second chance or a group of type 5.
But Jones is the best fit for Arkansas: frugal, hard, nose, football a football coach who is successful in this league.
Tennessee has good recruiting classes, but other SEC teams have better ones. You could argue that Jones has escaped at least as much of this talent as the rankings suggest he should. That is paramount to a place like Arkansas that will never be better than 4th place in SEC West recruitment.
2. Can Jake Fromm really win a national title?
His Bulldogs won again, in Auburn, in an amplifying summary of the playoffs. There is no doubt after Saturday that Georgia will remain at No. 4 on Tuesday's playoffs.
Fromm threw his best pass of the season, perhaps his best pass as the Bulldog, to give Georgia early control.
Jake Fromm wanted EVERYTHING on this one. pic.twitter.com/uO8Z56XnSB
– CBS Sports (@CBSSports) November 16, 2019
More questions about the ceiling, the power of his hand … his ability to win anything. He finished with 3 TDs, but the third was a short swing after a dubious personal foul that extended Georgia's pursuit. That finish pushed Fromm's static line to 12-for-24 for 110 yards.
He completed 13-for-28 for 110 yards, with a Vanderbilt-esque 3.9 yards on attempt. You can argue that his colleague Bo Nix outsmarted him in the second half.
You can discuss whether Fromm is the weakest QB in an area that includes Joe Burrow, Justin Fields, Trevor Lawrence, Justin Herbert. I think it is.
But what you can't discuss is that Fromm had the poorest season in the group.
Perhaps Georgia's defense is so good that it won't matter. Perhaps Georgia's defense is so good that it can hold Burrow and LSU up to 24 points and win the SEC Championship. Auburn held Burrow and the Tigers until 23.
But the playoff game goes back to the 1930s and it's hard to see this Georgia offense getting there.
1. As in … Joe Barrow's Place in LSU Record Book
Another week, another broken record.
Burrow already holds LSU's single-game record for TD passes. Each week he adds to his one-season TD pass record (now 38). On Saturday, he broke LSU's single-season record for passing yards. He now has 3 687.
He's well ahead of the pace to break SEC pass markers (Tim Couch, 4,275) and TD passes (Drew Lock, 44), especially if you account for the postseason games.
For those who want to point out that Couch set the record in 11 games in 1998, fine. Just know that he threw 553 passes – an average of 51 passes per game.
Burrow averaged 34 passes per game – so he couldn't even get to 553 unless the Tigers play 16 games – which they can't. And he can still break it in 11 games.
Admire what it does. It's historic.